George Vanzandt, Pvt.

1752-1840

He lived in Canoe Valley, Barree Township.

He served under Captain Samuel Davis in 1776 at Princeton. Although he arrived with Colonel Piper, during the battle he was with Colonel Smith when they took Bennett’s Island. He spent much of that winter in the east. He came back home in March.

In 1777 he served under Captain Black who was under Colonel Piper. He served that summer. The next (1778) spring he served under Captain Black who was under Major Cluggage.

In 1779 he enlisted under Captain William Simonton. 9 months service. In 1780 he served again in this unit.


Married Sarah Johnson 1783

In 1833 he received his pension. In 1835 he passed away.

Presbyterian Cemetary, Belleville PA.

Thomas Coleman, Ensign

The Coleman brothers have many tales that surround them. It was said that they came to the area after the death of their younger brother in an attack by Native Americans while making Syrup in the mountains.

Thomas Served as an Ensign in the Rifle Regiment, and acted as a guide and spy. In his pension application he states that in November of 1777 while scouting “he discovered tracks of a parcel of Indians pursuing the path from Kittanning toward Frankstown; that he followed until he found them in the act of making their fires; that he immediately warned the inhabitants of the settlement of their danger who made their escape”[1]. In 1778 he was chosen to go to Kittanning to see if the Tories had joined forces with the Native Americans who lived there. In 1778 he served at Fort Roberdeau, along with John Moore, who would later be his commander.

In 1780 he received a commission from the Supreme Executive Council to serve as an Ensign under Captain John Moore. He also served under Colonel Jack, Captain Black, Colonel Piper and many others. They ranged to Hannastown and at times as far as Fort Pitt.

He mentions eating jerked beef in his pension, and running out during the scout to Kittaning.

Served at the Battle of Frankstown.[2]

Born in Cumberland County in 1748. He spent most of his life in Logan Township. He is buried at Grandview Cemetery in Altoona. Phebe was his wife’s name.


[1] (U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900)

[2] (Hoenstine, 1940)

John Lane, Pvt.

 John Lane was born in Baltimore, in 1756. His family moved to the Huntingdon area when he was 9 years old. In 1778 he served at the Lead Mine Fort. He served under Lt. David Lloyd.

In 1779 he enlisted in Cluggage’s rangers and served in the Huntingdon area, protecting the region until the harvest, at which time he was stationed at Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley to help protect the lead mines. After his 9 months in service under Cluggage.

 He then reenlisted under Captain William Phillips. He served 3 months as what was called a Scout or Wood Ranger. They would scout 4 days of every week, watching for signs of any enemy activity. The most common incursions were those of Native Americans who had taken the side of the British. They were also engaged regularly as escorts between fortified positions. He did this until the unit was disbanded because of the deaths of so many rangers in the region that continuing was not feasible.

 In his account, he does not mention the time he was shot, which is mentioned in other’s accounts of the period, including by Jacob Ripley. This does not seem to be uncommon with those wounded while in service.

 According to family, after the war he married the daughter of a Quaker family and owned a copper mine in Frederick Md. He is believed to be buried there.

Theodore Pridemore, Sgt.

Theodore Pridmore was born on April 17, 1755, in Princeton, New Jersey. Theodore Pridmore served in the military in 1776 when he was 21 years old in Frankstown. He served at Fort Roberdeau in 1778.

Brother of Jonathan Pridemore, he served as a recruitment sergeant for Fort Roberdeau

He married Mary Guthrie in 1779 in Pennsylvania. He lived in Pennsylvania until the late 1780s.

In 1790 he moved to South Carolina, then moved from there to Virginia. He died in 1839 in Lawrence, Indiana, having lived a long life of 84 years, and was buried in Shoals, Indiana.